Tuesday, 2 August 2011

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book Four
Publisher: Walker
Format: Paperback
Published: 7th April 2011
Number of Pages: 448
Book: Bought
Genre: Dark Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Action-Adventure, YA
Recommended Age: 12+
Contains: Violence, Death
No Alcohol, Drug References
Author's Blog: Cassandra Clare

Clary is back in New York and life is good: she’s training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend.  But nothing comes without a price.  When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves.  Even Jace.
Love.  Blood.  Betrayal.  Revenge.
The stakes are higher than ever…

Finally Clary’s life is working out.  She’s training to be a Shadowhunter, she has the perfect boyfriend and her mom and Luke are getting married.  Just as she starts to think that her life can’t get any better, everything changes.  Jace starts to pull away from her.  A baby shows up, dead, contaminated with demon blood.  And it seems that an unknown supernatural baddie is after Simon…  Can Clary figure out what’s going on, and her part in it?  Before it’s too late?
Ok.  This is officially one of my very, very, very favourite series.  Ever.  I just love the humour, the action, the romance, the paranormal, um, ness.  And just when you think Cassandra Clare has reached her very best, she just goes and brings out a book like this.  I officially love Cassandra Clare.
Now, all the characters have just come such a long way since City of Bones.  Clary is one of the most improved: she is kick-butt-awesome!  She can now completely take care of herself, no longer the damsel-in-distress.  Jace has also changed, but differently: he’s damaged, scarred by everything that’s happened between him, his father and sort-of-brother.  He’d still die to protect others, Clary in particular, but you can see how much it’s all hurt him.  Yet, through it all, his smart-aleck responses crack me up.  And his sweetness… by the way, can I have a Jace?  As for Simon: love him!  He, too, has that brilliant snarkyness that makes me laugh: he’s the best!  Isabelle has come leaps and bounds from that petty, jealous, rather mean girl from CoB, and is now nice… and very brilliant!  Magnus and Alec are the cutest, especially when Alec is jealous.  Alec has totally grown into himself now, sure and confident.  And Magnus is just so amazingly eccentric! 
There are a couple of new baddies, both of who are horrible and made my skin crawl.  I may have even hissed a little at one of them: I get angry when they hurt my favourites.  Plus a familiar face pops back in, leaving me terrified
With its non-stop action and addictiveness, it’s not hard to see why City of Fallen Angels has left me desperate for more.  I just couldn’t put it down: I picked it up as a go-between two review books, and then found I couldn’t stop reading.  I finished the book in a matter of hours, which is pretty impressive, even by my standards.  I just love the worlds Cassandra creates, the characters and the humour.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do without my Shadowhunter-fix!  Plus, I’m going mad, trying to figure out what’s going to happen next!  Because…
Well, this isn’t giving anything away, but can I just say…

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Need by Carrie Jones

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Liz. R said...

Lol! The ending! How cliffhangery was that?! I think I'm going crazy waiting for the next one. Glad you enjoyed this, can't wait for COLS!

Aylee said...

Agreed! But Gah! That ending!

Shae Carcar said...

I haven't read even the first book in this series, but i want to!

Racheyyy! said...

Great review! This book sounds SUPER good! :D

Jinny (SkyInk.net) said...

I have this on my TBR shelf ... but now I'm afraid of reading it because of "the worst ending ever" haha! Endings are very important to me sooooo ... eep! I'll get around to it eventually, I suppose.

Shoshanah said...

Wasn't the ending absolutely ridiculous! I saw it coming but still couldn't believe how it happened. And now I feel like I'm going to have to wait FOR-EVER to see how it all turns out!